It’s easy to pop Andrew Breitbart in this whole mess, but Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack isn’t exactly covering himself with glory. Vilsack was on CNN earlier essentially saying that it doesn’t matter whether Breitbart’s video turns out to be a bogus smear of Shirley Sherrod. No, Vilsack demanded Sherrod’s resignation because the whole episode could open her up to charges of racism in the future and impair her ability to do her job.
So I guess if I were to write that Tom Vilsack doesn’t have his people’s back and won’t even do a cursory investigation before throwing his employees to the wolves, then that could open him up to charges that he doesn’t have the confidence of USDA employees and impair his ability to do his job.
David Kurtz is Managing Editor and Washington Bureau Chief of Talking Points Memo where he oversees the news operations of TPM and its sister sites.